This week and coming weekend, is the kick-off of the official events around the U.S. to celebrate our Independence. It’s a great line-up of events with a major percentage of them ending in a fantastic fireworks extravaganza. This holiday is a great tradition that holds so many memories. Waxing nostalgic for the simple things like bike riding with streamers on the handle bars, baseball cards in the spokes, barbecues in the yard with burgers, beers, horseshoes and croquette and local fire department parades. The day invokes a strong patriotic feeling and a warm sense of community. The events that I have listed here are traditional July 4th celebrations that are held in some major cities throughout the country; a few are one day or night, and some are a week or more long. These events are over the top salutes to our nation and it’s traditions but by no means the way that most Americans will enjoy their holiday. That will be at any one of the 1,000’s of local community events held in places like your own backyard, literally. Just search your zip code to find some terrific holiday fun near you.
Boston Harborfest Boston, MA 6/29-7/4
Since 1982, the festival includes more than 200 events including walking tours, concerts, revolutionary era historical reenactments, Chowderfest, and much more. Boston’s rich history as a key city in the founding of the United States is celebrated over the holiday period. Also takes place in surrounding areas.
Friendship Festival Buffalo, NY 6/30-7/4
Since 1987. Fireworks, midway, children’s festival, horse show, arts and crafts, games and live entertainment. Part of the joint Freindship Festival across the bridge in Ontario, Canada symbolizing almost two hundred years of friendship between the two nations. Friendship Festival a bi-national event started in 1987 celebrating both national holidays Canada July 1 and Independence Day July 4.
Independence Eve Fireworks Chicago 7/3
Celebrate the 4th in Chicago for an unforgettable holiday experience! First of all, you’ll need to get here on the 3rd, so you don’t miss the Independence Eve Fireworks Spectacular held in conjunction with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra performance at the Petrillo Band Shell. Then, on the 4th, join everyone at the Taste of Chicago, or cruise out onto Lake Michigan on one of the many boats housed at Navy Pier, or travel along the Chicago River.
Fourth on Flagler West Palm Beach, FL 7/4
4th on Flagler is the area’s biggest and best Fourth of July celebration, and it’s always family-friendly and free of charge! Lasso your family and friends and come celebrate our nation’s Independence Day on the spectacular West Palm Beach waterfront. In celebration of American goes west, there is a round up of fun including a Wild West Mini Rodeo, the Wells Fargo Kids Area, a “Ride them Hogs” Harley display and the Firefighter’s Silverado Splash and Dash Competition. Two stages of live entertainment, the unfurling of a 5 story American Flag, tribute to our military and South Florida’s most dazzling fireworks display at 9pm make for a bang up 4th of July.
Westland Summer Festival Westland, MI 6/30-7/4
Since 1971. The Westland Summer Festival is the single largest annual event in the City of Westland. Lots of great activities will be taking place Duck Race, animal attractions, petting zoo, baby contest, arts and crafts exhibitors, music, live entertainment, fireworks and so much more. The Festival is supported completely through donations, sponsors and volunteers.
WAWA Welcome America Philadelphia, PA 6/24-7/4
Since 1993, Philadelphia invites you to celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace. Here’s an extravaganza of 50 fun and free events scattered throughout the city in every neighborhood culminating July 4th on the Ben Franklin Parkway with a parade, concert and terrific fireworks.
La Jolla Cove Independence Day Celebration San Diego, CA 7/4
Since 2000. The Big Bay Boom July 4th Fireworks Show is back promising another spectacular display over San Diego Bay. Fireworks will be discharged simultaneously from barges placed strategically around the Bay off Shelter Island, Harbor Island, Embarcadero North, Seaport Village, Embarcadero South Marina Park, Coronado Ferry Landing and Imperial Beach. Listen to the simulcast on 105.7 The Walrus FM radio.
National Independence Day Celebration Concert and Fireworks Washington, DC 7/4
Independence day parade down Constitution Avenue, free entertainment at the Sylvan Theatre on the Washington Monument grounds, National Symphony Orchestra concert and a spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall. Takes place on Constitution Avenue, 7th to 17th Streets NW.
Gatlinburg’s 4th of July Midnight Parade Gatlinburg,TN 7/3-7/4
Since 1976. Thousands of lights, a parade and fireworks at this night time event. Bring chairs for the family to sit back and enjoy. As soon as the street is closed, the parade route will come alive with pre-parade entertainers that will begin the excitement of what is to follow. Giant helium balloons will soar through the skyline of downtown Gatlinburg, from red, white, and blue Stars to Alphonso the dragon,
Fun 4th Festival Greensboro, NC 7/4
Since 1975. The Fun Fourth Festival is a community celebration of Independence Day for Guilford County and the Piedmont Triad. The festival is held in the Cultural District of Downtown Greensboro and at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Fun Fourth events this year will include the Freedom Run, the Kickoff Block Party, the Parade and Street Festival, as well as the Pops Concert and Gate City Fireworks Spectacular.
Macy’s Fireworks Celebration New York, NY 7/4
Since 1978, visible from New Jersey as well as New York this is one spectacular display of sights and sounds that celebrates our Nation’s birthday. Takes place along the East River between 23rd and 42nd Street.
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